How to Customize the Ribbon in Microsoft Word

In Brief...

Customizing the Ribbon so that those commands you use most frequently appear on your home tab is a very useful way to set up Microsoft Word. Follow the steps below to personalize the Ribbon.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. From the File menu, select Options.
    Select Options

  2. Select Customize Ribbon.
    Select Customize Ribbon

  3. Create a Custom Tab or Custom Group by selecting a tab on the right and then selecting New Tab or New Group.
    Create New Tab or New Group

  4. Note that if you create a new tab, a new group is automatically created as well. This is because commands must be added to groups, not tabs, so all tabs must have at least one group.

  5. Select the New Tab and then Rename to name the new tab.
    Name New Tab

  6. Select the New Group and then Rename to name the new group.
    Name New Group

  7. To add a command to the new group, select the new group on the right, select a command on the left, and click Add.
    Add Command to Group

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